[27] Its first flight was delayed until September 2017 after the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000s were installed during the summer. The heavier structure allows a transpacific range, and is balanced by a weight-reduction effort, keeping the same empty weight and payload. After negative feedback from airlines and lessors, the A350 XWB became a new design in 2006. [81] The A330neo takes flight for the first time in Toulouse (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr) Although the aircraft has a 95 percent airframe commonality with the A330ceo, the most noticeable difference from its predecessor will be a new wing, including the addition of A350 styled winglets contributing to the reduction in fuel burn. The 4-hour flight was a success, according to Airbus, which filmed the event from many angles. Airbus brought optimism to an overcast day in Toulouse, France, as the A330neo took flight […] [51] The -800 received EASA type certification with 180-minute ETOPS on 13 February 2020;[52] ETOPS clearance beyond 180 minutes was awarded on 2 April. EASA.A.004 for Airbus A330, revision 47", "A330-900 secures ETOPS with engine-life restrictions", "Type certificate data sheet No. [74] This exceeds the existing 440-seat maximum exit limit allowed by the type certificate, and requires a modification of the Type-A exit doors to meet emergency exit requirements. Save the date! Furthermore, fuel consumption per seat is improved by 2% due to the rearranged cabin (Space-Flex and Smart-Lav) with increased seating, offering a 14% fuel burn reduction per seat for the new −900neo compared to the previous 235-tonne −300 version. Airbus is rolling A330neo first flight on October 19th, 2017 subject to weather conditions. A global team designing, manufacturing and supporting the world's leading aircraft... with passengers at heart and airlines in mind. Its range would increase by 400 nautical miles (740 km) and although 95% of the parts would be common with the A330ceo, maintenance costs would be lower. Beyond-180min ETOPS was approved by the EASA by 24 January 2019. [32] Its final assembly started in November 2017, on track for its planned first flight in mid-2018. New engines like the GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 developed for the 787 could offer a 12%–15% fuel burn improvement, and sharklets at least 2%. Taking to the skies for the first time this morning from Toulouse, France, was the 251-tonne A330-900 – which provides the perfect fit for longer trans-Pacific or Asia-Europe routes. [25] In December 2016, the program schedule slipped by six weeks due to marginal engine development at Rolls-Royce, and launch customer TAP Air Portugal projected its first A330neo would be delivered in March 2018. October 21, 2017 Share on Facebook. [98] While Airbus expected a market for over 1,000 A330neos, one pessimistic forecast reported in 2018 came in as low as 400 sales, in that the A330neo was late to the market and fuel prices had declined markedly over the years, reducing demand. [16] The -900 should travel 6550 nmi (12,130 km) with 287 passengers (440 max). MIAMI – As Airbus delivered its final A330-300 yesterday, the carrier now looks into the future with its new a330neo weight variant as it takes to the skies on its first flight. 1 A330neo was put through its paces during a four hour and 13 minute airborne evaluation. [40] According to Flightradar24, the new aircraft’s maiden flight took off from Toulouse and spent approximately 5 … With a six-person test crew aboard, Airbus’ A330neo completes its four-hour maiden flight from Toulouse, France on 19 October 2017. SHARE. [48] [4] Airbus stated that lower capital cost would make the A330neo the most cost-efficient medium-range wide-body aircraft in the market. [44], EASA granted the A330-941 type certificate on 26 September 2018, with ETOPS not yet approved. The aircraft, MSN1795, is a A330-900 and the first of three certification flight-test aircraft to fly. A330neo First Flight. [100] [104], Between January 2014 and November 2019, the A330/A330neo had 477 net orders (net of cancellations) compared to a total of 407 for all three variants of the 787. Steven Udvar-Hazy, chairman and CEO of Air Lease Corp., said, "We don't believe it is rational for us to take the A350-800 and the A330neo [...] I don't see the A350-800 surviving if they do the A330neo". Join more than 500,000 others who receive weekly aviation industry and flight tracking news from Flightradar24 direct to their inbox. At the Boeing 787 launch in 2004, Airbus' initial response was an improved A330. [105] [61], The larger 112-inch Trent 7000 is 11% more efficient than the 97.5-inch Trent 700 engine, a 2% loss is due to increased weight and 1% due to additional drag from the larger engine, but the sharklets and aero optimization regains 4% for a 12% fuel advantage per trip. weather. "[22], The decision to offer the aircraft with only one engine option is not unique to Airbus; the Boeing 777X will come equipped exclusively with General Electric GE9X engines, after Rolls Royce made a bid with its Advance configuration but was not selected. [34] [95] Careers Here are some pictures of the A330neo first flight. [70], The Trent is the exclusive powerplant, as Rolls-Royce offered better terms to obtain exclusivity. [106] In May 2019, Airbus's chief commercial officer made clear the company has a “rock”, the A321neo, and a “hard place”, the A330-800, for any airframer intending to bring a new airplane into the middle of the market at a time when Boeing was mired in the 737 MAX crisis. In November 2019, maximum accommodation increased to 460 seats, through the installation of new 'Type-A+' exits, with a dual-lane evacuation slide. seeking to best fit its current network to Asia and North America whilst allowing for future growth, possibly to Europe. tweet; SUBSCRIBE NOW! In March 2018, Hawaiian confirmed the cancellation of its order for six A330-800s and ordered ten B787-9s instead. Under the wing, the A330neo is powered by the new Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engine, which includes a new composite nacelle and titanium pylon. The aircraft is the smallest version of the new A330neo series, which is expected to debut in the next few days with the recently certified A330-900. It would improve the fuel burn per seat by 14%. Airbus commenced autopilot, autoland and high-speed performance testing, and was to move on to hot- and cold-weather tests, as well as noise and icing tests, over the following three months. [50] This will comprise 1,100 flight hours for the A330-900 campaign – to achieve its EASA and FAA Type Certification around the middle of 2018. Test flights of the 251 t A330-900 started from 28 February 2020. MSN1795 was to undertake simulated icing tests and cold-weather tests in Canada, noise assessment, autoland testing and high angle-of-attack, minimum-unstick checks during rotation with a tail bumper. It will have a 112 in (284 cm) diameter fan and a 10:1 bypass ratio. The first flight used a -900 and next year they will add the first -800. Get weekly updates on Flightradar24 and have the latest aviation news land in your inbox. At entry into service in 2018, sales were disappointing and A330 production was to be cut to 50 in 2019 down from 67 in 2017: while it is the widebody with the largest operator base with 1,390 deliveries since 1993, the fleet is still very young with only 46 aircraft retired. Facebook. 1,100 flight hours have been allotted for the A330-900 campaign, while an additional 300 hours have been scheduled for the A330-800 campaign. About Flightradar24 myFlightradar24 A330neo first flight track. After a low pass at Toulouse, the flight landed at 12:14 UTC (14:14 local). [43] The -900 made its maiden flight on 19 October 2017 and received its EASA type certificate on 26 September 2018; it was first delivered to TAP Air Portugal on 26 November 2018 and had its maiden commercial flight on 15 December. Steve Creedy. Photo: Airbus [58] The aircraft, an Airbus A330-900neo wearing test registration F-WTTN, taxied out from the Airbus facilities at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport around 09:45 LT and took off from RWY 32L some ten minutes later as flight AIB01TN. FAQs [69], The A330neo will use the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine, which is an electronic controlled bleed air variant of the Trent 1000 used on the Boeing 787-10. The inaugural flight of the jet is the first of a test stage that should last about 300 hours of flight. [98] With the exception of Delta, industry-leading airlines preferred the Boeing 787. Its flight envelope was fully opened including flutter and stall tests to complete powerplant calibration and strake configuration has been frozen. [33] The first of three A330neo Family development aircraft to fly – MSN1795, an A330-900 variant – has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac, France at 14:10 hrs local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes. A330-900-Hifly-MSN1929-ferry-flight-take-off-to-chateauroux-for-painting-001 Its two versions are based on the A330-200 and -300: the -800 has a range of 8,150 nmi (15,090 km) with 257 passengers while the -900 covers 7,200 nmi (13,330 km) with 287 passengers. As of 10 April 2018, the two test aircraft had logged over 200 flights and more than 700 hours, testing −27 °C cold weather, natural icing, crosswind landing, 37 °C and 8,000 ft (2,400 m) hot and high operations. tweet; Previous article Airbus A330neo takes off in turbulent times. Entry into service was planned for the third quarter of 2018 and ETOPS was to be approved in October for 330min. [4] As Emirates cancelled 70 orders for the A350, Airbus said it continued to work on re-engining the smaller A330. [78] [21] Both A330neo variants were expected to have a maximum take-off weight of 242 t. The type design was frozen in late 2015. [2] The airline should receive 15 more A330neos in 2019 and fly the A330-900 from Lisbon to Chicago O'Hare and Washington Dulles from June 2019, both five times a week. Cabin optimisation allows ten additional seats on the A330-900 (310 passengers) with 18-inch-wide economy seats. 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